Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier, MS, MEd, LCPC

Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier

Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier

Office: Bethesda

Phone Number: (202) 449-3789 x712

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Areas of Focus


Caroline is passionate about Imago Relationship Therapy and enjoys helping couples experience deeper connection, healing, wholeness, and joy in their relationship. She and her husband Jason lead Imago workshops for couples together. They are certified facilitators for the award-winning “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts” (SYMBIS) premarital program.


She has experience working with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, and interpersonal issues.

Multicultural Issues

French and American, she has lived in Latin America and Europe and speaks French and Spanish fluently. She appreciates the richness and challenges of multiculturalism in relationships and families.

Parenting and Families

As a leader with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP), she teaches classes for parents based on an Adlerian model of positive discipline to create healthy relationships and promote responsibility and cooperation in children. She has taught children of all ages and adults and worked with diverse at-risk youth and their families.


She believes in the importance of integrating mind, body, and spirit in any process of change. She affirms the potential for healing and growth in all people and seeks to create a safe and sacred space for clients through a collaborative counseling relationship that respects clients’ spiritual journeys.


A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Caroline holds a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She is a certified Imago therapist and workshop presenter and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

She and her husband Jason have been married for 21 years and have 4 children. Their family has been greatly enriched by practicing Imago and PEP principles.

    Recent Posts

  • Parenting as a Spiritual Path: The Lessons in a Severed Ankle, a Chipped Tooth, and Stretch Marks - Growing up, I thought that I could only experience the spiritual in religious places like churches or in solemnly recited words of prayer (and only when I was perfectly well-behaved). Once I became a parent, however, my four children taught me that the sacred can surprise me everywhere, often most … Continue reading
  • Why We Need Gratitude More Than Ever this Thanksgiving - After this polarizing election year that has left many of us feeling disconnected, weary, and fearful, Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for reconnection — even with family members of different political leanings, if we are intentional and focused on practicing gratitude. Here are three reasons that choosing a grateful outlook can … Continue reading
  • The Best Wedding Gift Ever - If you are preparing to be married, consider premarital counseling: it’s the best investment in your relationship you’ll ever make. You don’t have to be religious to try it. Even though some couples come to premarital counseling because their priest, minister, or rabbi has made it a requirement before marriage, many … Continue reading
  • New Moms: Your Well-Being Matters! - This month, medical and mental health experts on the United States Preventive Services Task Force, a government-appointed health panel, emphasized the importance of screening women for depression both during pregnancy and after giving birth. After having a baby, most women experience some form of the “baby blues,” the normal hormonal … Continue reading
  • “This Is Water”: Goldfish, Supermarkets, and the Power of Awareness -              Just this week, for the first time I watched a popular online video, This Is Water, adapted from author David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. Maybe you have seen it; the link is below:                I was struck by … Continue reading

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